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Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Effect: Rajasic, Alkalizing
Serving Size: 1/16 tsp
Species: Ferula assafoetida
About Pharmacological EffectsThe list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Hing & DigestionIn Ayurveda, hing is used to aid digestion, cure colic, and stagnation in the GI tract. Hing burns ama. It is a primary herb for Vata. It is a key ingredient in the formula hingvastak churna, a major digestive formula in Ayurveda.
In western herbalism, hing reduces the growth of flora in the gut, especially candida, directly reducing gas. It destroys worms and has anti-viral properties. It was used to fight the flu during WWI.
Hing & Nervous SystemHing is a powerful antispasmodic useful in cough, asthma, intestinal colic, and uterine spasms. It nourishes the nervous tissue in case of stagnation with high Vata, sciatica, paralysis, and epilepsy.
Hing, Gynecology, and ReproductionThe hot and stimulating qualities of hing clear stagnation in circulation (vyana vayu) due to obstruction by high Kapha thus warming the uterus and stimulating menstruation. Hing prevents spasms and is used with ashoka and turmeric for painful menses (dysmenorrhea).
Hing treats low libido, impotence, and encourages ovulation and fertility where the uterus is congested from Kapha. Curiously, it has also been used as a contraceptive, perhaps by employing the anthelminthic qualities topically to destroy semen. Hing is abortifascient and should not be used in pregnancy.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel is the founder of Joyful Belly, helping people confidently choose food that restores their healthy glow through wisdom, personal growth and balance. John's approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, as if it were second nature. His articles, books, and Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week eCourse provides tools for gracefully healing your mind and body. John also directs Joyful Belly's Master of Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition 500 hour certification program, where practitioners learn advanced clinical skills for digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. He recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
In rural Georgia, hing was tinctured in corn whiskey and given for colds and flu. I learned this from the late Inez Culver who grew up there, at a time when the white doctors wouldn't treat the rural blacks and they had to rely upon their own medicines.
|Bloating / distension||Burping|
|Candida / Yeast Infection / Thrush||Chronic cough|
|Clots in menstrual blood||Colic / spasm / cramping|
|Cramping back of leg||Dry / light period|
|Dry cough||Ear pain/infection|
|Gas, irregular digestion||Hip pain|
|Menstrual cramps||No period|
|Pain lower back||Painful menstruation|
|Pneumonia||Taking Enzyme Supplements|
|Undigested food in stool||Whooping Cough|
|Worms / Tropical / Parasites||Yellow vaginal discharge|
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